Fine Quality Tunbridge Ware Micro Mosiac Lady’s Victorian Glove Box of traditional form made by Edmund Nye, with good rich colours and patination. Last half of the Nineteenth Century.
The arched hinged lid with a rectangular central reserve depicting roses and foliage, the outer band with similar inlay.
Mark of: Paper label at base EDMUND NYE TUNBRIDGE WELLS.
Condition: Good condition with nice patination, original dark blue woven silk lining with very light staining. Lock and key are present and working.
Width: 10" (25.5cm). Depth: 4” (10.25cm). Height: 3.25” (8.5cm).
Tunbridge Ware refers to the micro-mosaic wood inlay used to decorate small objects which were made in the spa town of Tunbridge Wells, in Kent, England.
The decoration typically consists of a mosaic of many very small pieces of different coloured woods that form a pictorial vignette. Shaped rods and slivers of woods were first carefully glued together, then cut into many this slices of identical pictorial veneer using a very fine saw. Elaborately striped and feathered bandings for Framing were pre-formed in a similar fashion.
Catalogued by Patrick Howard.